We are an iconic provider of hospital-based healthcare, striving to deliver an exceptional standard of care
We comprise several hospitals, health centres, a nationally accredited education provider and a world-class research institute
We are a nationally accredited, hospital-based Registered Training Organisation - the only one of its kind in Queensland
We are part of a collaborative research institute with The University of Queensland and founding partner of the Translational Research Institute
Outbreaks in aged care facilities in Victoria and New South Wales have served as a constant reminder of how quickly COVID-19 can spread and the life-threatening implications to our older populations. With this in mind, the aged care team at Mercy Community has made sure its people are fully prepared for any residents testing positive to COVID-19 by using Mater Education’s OptiSim service to replicate an outbreak.
Aimed at both assessing existing processes and response tactics, as well as upskilling staff to fill any gaps, this best-practice simulation service provided training on a number of COVID-19 potential challenges. These included managing an outbreak and treating a resident experiencing rapid deterioration from infection.
Stephanie Barwick, Director of Clinical Education at Mater Education, said it is critical for clinical staff to be clear on how they and their team will respond to a COVID-positive patient, before the situation arises in real life.
“When dealing with the threat of COVID-19, particularly within vulnerable populations like people in aged care facilities, there are high risks that make it vital to test environments, systems and processes so that staff feel well-prepared and know that the workplace is ready for any situation.
“Utilising the OptiSim training, we were able to simulate what it’s really like in the face of danger so that teams and organisations can be prepared for any situation that may come their way.
“As healthcare workers, we know when managing a virus like COVID-19 we need to take a systematic approach and we can train ourselves to do this through simulating various potential situations.”
Mercy Community Aged Care CEO, Fritha Radyk, was eager for her team to take part in simulated training to ensure they were prepared and ready to handle any potential outbreaks.
“It has made us feel a lot better about what we’re doing and how we’d cope with a COVID-19 outbreak.
“I’d say to all (aged care providers): ‘Get out there and do it.’”
If you are interested in learning about simulation or how your workplace could benefit from OptiSim, find out more at matereducation.qld.edu.au/OptiSim
07 3163 1524
07 3163 6142
On 2 August Mater Early Learning will celebrate the ten-year anniversary of their second building which was opened in 2011 to support growing Mater families and the ...
Local Megan returns home to Mater Private Hospital Rockhampton.
This week Shwe’s hopes of following in her parent’s footsteps of care and healing were formally realised, when she graduated with a Diploma of Nursing through Mater ...
On 28 July Mater Private Hospital Bundaberg celebrated 75 years of serving the community with a celebratory mass to mark the anniversary of hospital opening its doors ...